Universal Pictures unveiled Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated atomic bomb epic, “Oppenheimer,” at a star-studded world premiere event in Paris. Initial reactions to the nearly three-hour drama have poured in, and the consensus is overwhelmingly positive. The film is being hailed as a “spectacular achievement” and “audacious.”
Former critic Kenneth Turan, writing for The Los Angeles Times, lauded “Oppenheimer” as “arguably Nolan’s most impressive work yet,” praising its seamless combination of visual mastery and profound character exploration, making it a standout in recent American cinema.
Matt Maytum, deputy editor of Total Film, expressed his astonishment, stating that Nolan’s latest creation left him “stunned.” He described the film as a grand-scale character study, with Cillian Murphy delivering a sublime central performance. Maytum marveled at the tension, structure, sense of scale, striking sound design, and remarkable visuals, all hallmarks of Nolan’s distinctive style.
Lindsey Bahr, film writer for the Associated Press, declared “Oppenheimer” a “spectacular achievement,” praising its truthful and concise adaptation, inventive storytelling, and nuanced performances from an impressive cast that includes Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, and many others.
Jonathan Dean of The Sunday Times found himself completely absorbed in “Oppenheimer,” describing it as a dense and tense film that delves into the subject of the atomic bomb and our inevitable fate. Dean commended Cillian Murphy’s performance, emphasizing the essential support from Damon, Downey Jr., and Ehrenreich, who brought humor to the film. He concluded that “Oppenheimer” is an audacious, inventive, and complex film that will captivate its audience.
Based on the 2005 book “American Prometheus” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, “Oppenheimer” follows the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II through the eyes of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist and leader of the Manhattan Project. Notably, this film marks the first time Nolan’s longtime collaborator Cillian Murphy takes on a leading role in a Nolan tentpole. The ensemble cast also includes Matt Damon as Manhattan Project director Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. and Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, a founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett, Rami Malek, and more round out the talented cast.
Kai Bird previously expressed his admiration for Nolan’s adaptation of “Oppenheimer,” describing the film as a stunning artistic achievement. He hoped that it would ignite a national and global conversation about the issues Oppenheimer himself was passionate about, including living in the atomic age, the implications of the bomb, McCarthyism, patriotism, and the role of scientists in a technologically advanced society.
“Oppenheimer” marks Nolan’s first R-rated release since “Insomnia” in 2002 and his debut collaboration with Universal Pictures after his departure from Warner Bros., where he directed acclaimed films such as “Interstellar,” “Inception,” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy.
Audiences can experience the power of “Oppenheimer” when it hits theaters nationwide on July 21, courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Source – variety.com
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